Skinner to host standout sales of watches & clocks, Oct. 20 +22

Breguet No. 2835 astronomical quarter-repeating watch, est. $100,000-$150,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

Breguet No. 2835 astronomical quarter-repeating watch, est. $100,000-$150,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.— This October the Clocks, Watches & Scientific department at Skinner will feature two distinct sales: a timed online auction that closes October 20, and a live auction, Fine Horology: The Estate of David G. Newsom, on October 22. View the fully illustrated catalogs on LiveAuctioneers.

The Newsom Collection is the result of a lifetime of learning and passion for the art of timekeeping, from simple time-only watches to grand complicated minute repeaters with perpetual calendars, made by the most interesting and sought-after makers.

Breguet No. 2729 Une Minute tourbillon watch, est. $200,000-$300,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

Breguet No. 2729 Une Minute tourbillon watch, est. $200,000-$300,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

The collection features some of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s finest accomplishments, including a No. 2835 astronomical quarter-repeating watch that George Daniels described and illustrated in his book The Art of Breguet, and Breguet’s No. 2729 Une Minute tourbillon watch, for which it took Newsom, a close friend, and the Breguet Depuis 1775 firm five years to correctly reproduce the engine-turned 18K gold case, chain and key, as they had been lost decades ago.

Parmigiani Meccanica I Unique Object Ref. U1140, est. $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

Parmigiani Meccanica I Unique Object Ref. U1140, est. $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

Another highlight is Michel Parmigiani’s Meccanica I Unique Object Reference U1140, presented to David and his wife Carol, a testament to David’s appreciation for watchmaking across history.

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3700/1, est. $60,000-$80,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.


Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3700/1, est. $60,000-$80,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

The online sale, which closes October 20, will feature an array of fine timepieces, optical instruments and early musical devices. The sale begins with a collection of Swiss, European and American watches by some of the most sought-after brands including Patek Philippe, Waltham and Hamilton Watch Co. Highlights include an early stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 3700/1, and a Patek Philippe Reference 2526 18K gold automatic wristwatch.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2526 18K gold automatic wristwatch, est. $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.


Patek Philippe Ref. 2526 18K gold automatic wristwatch, est. $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

Hans Wildorf’s sport model watches from his Rolex line must not be overlooked — Skinner will offer a few Cosmograph Daytonas and a special Rolex 18K gold reference 16758 Serti Dial GMT Master wristwatch with box and papers. Also showcased are watches that fall into the classic dress watch category, including some ultra-slim examples by Audemars Piguet and Vacheron & Constantin.

Rolex 18K gold Ref. 16758 Serti Dial GMT Master wristwatch with box and papers, est. $30,000-$40,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

Rolex 18K gold Ref. 16758 Serti Dial GMT Master wristwatch with box and papers, est. $30,000-$40,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

Early clocks by makers that are not often seen at auction include a circa-1765 Isaac Thomas carved curly walnut tall clock, from Willis Town, Chester County, Pennsylvania,  and a so-called “dwarf” clock made by Joshua Wilder from Hingham, Massachusetts. Beautiful enameled French shelf and carriage clocks will appear in the lineup as well.

Circa-1765 Isaac Thomas carved curly walnut tall clock, est. $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

Circa-1765 Isaac Thomas carved curly walnut tall clock, est. $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

A small but impressive collection of microscopes from a New England collector includes an unmarked French Oberhauser-style drum microscope and accessories and an Elliot Brothers compound binocular and monocular microscope.

Joshua Wilder dwarf clock, est. $7,000-$9,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.


Joshua Wilder dwarf clock, est. $7,000-$9,000. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

Early photography includes two Deardorff large format studio cameras.

Elliot Brothers compound binocular and monocular microscope, est. $500-$700. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

Elliot Brothers compound binocular and monocular microscope, est. $500-$700. Image courtesy of Skinner, Inc. www.skinnerinc.com

The sale concludes with a musical concerto of disc and cylinder musical boxes from the late 19th century by some of the best Swiss firms.

 

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